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Model 566

c. 1956/2020

by Gino Sarfatti
for Astep

Model 566

by Gino Sarfatti
for  Astep

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Designed by Gino Sarfatti for Astep, the Model 566 table lamp is a testa­ment to Sarfat­ti’s refined design approach, result­ing in a harmo­niously balanced elemen­tal form. The lumi­naire, exhibit­ing a poised stance with an implied sense of forward motion, elegantly illu­mi­nates its contrast­ing body tube, show­cas­ing the distinc­tive Cornalux bulb. The body tube is inge­niously supported by a simple rubber ring, allow­ing for infi­nite adjusta­bil­ity with perfect fric­tion. The base, orig­i­nally crafted from cast iron, has been thought­fully replaced with an aluminum, magne­sium, and copper alloy, offer­ing enhanced resis­tance to corro­sion, zero air pollu­tion during produc­tion, and recy­cla­bil­ity. Accen­tu­at­ing the design, a famil­iar push-button on/​off switch is seam­lessly incor­po­rated into the base, provid­ing a tactile and satisfying click.


Gino Sarfatti

Italy (1912–1985)

Gino Sarfatti's contributions to the field of lighting design were immense and enduring. His ability to merge engineering expertise with innovative design concepts set a standard for the industry. Despite starting his career with a background in aeronautical engineering, Sarfatti's encounter with lighting sparked a lifelong passion that led to the creation of over 700 luminaires.

Establishing Arteluce in 1939, Sarfatti transformed the landscape of lighting design, bringing forward-thinking ideas and groundbreaking designs to the forefront. His exploration of new materials, technologies, and production methods ensured that his creations were not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and efficient.

Sarfatti's entrepreneurial spirit and multidisciplinary approach allowed him to stay ahead of the curve, constantly pushing boundaries and redefining what was possible in lighting design. His legacy lives on through the continued influence of his work and the acquisition of Arteluce by Flos, ensuring that his designs remain accessible to generations of admirers.

Retiring to Lake Como in 1973, Sarfatti left behind a rich legacy of innovation and creativity. His impact on the world of design continues to be felt, cementing his status as one of the most significant figures in the history of Italian industrial design. Gino Sarfatti's vision and ingenuity have left an indelible mark on the world of design, inspiring countless designers and illuminating spaces with his timeless creations.

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